DISH, Texas (AP) — A small Texas town located atop one of the nation's most productive natural gas fields is awaiting a new round of test results after state regulators found a cancer-causing pollutant in the air.
The roughly 200 residents of Dish have been rattled since the tests last year detected elevated levels of benzene. They expect the new results this month. The town is located on the Barnett Shale, a 5,000-square-mile underground rock formation in North Texas that is packed with natural gas.
Gas companies running drills in the town and elsewhere on the shale support the state's increased testing, but insist they are following the rules and don't believe their facilities are releasing harmful levels of benzene.